Sometimes having a farm is sweet and fun, like this cute little baby bunny…
Sometimes, those bunnies grow up and figure out how to get out of their cages…
Sometimes, messing with “Mother Nature” doesn’t work out how we want it to.
Today was one of those days. It was time to breed our young white does. We have two bucks, one older proven buck and one young buck, a first timer. We have three does (first time for them too). I decided to put one in with Brutus (our older buck) and give Peter a try with one. Here is what happened. Peter’s cage was too big and he couldn’t catch his doe, I tried to “help” him by holding her, but even after trying both in the morning and in the evening he still couldn’t figure it out. I thought, maybe we have a female here and not a “Peter”, double check, yes male but only one testicle :) Oh well, shouldn’t matter.
Back to Brutus, he does great with his first doe, so I put the second doe in with him (a little too soon, I know for next time). This doe, I have no idea, is very aggressive and she rips open his testicle! I’m talking a large tear. This poor boy is such a sweetie. Guess where Pearl is headed, Pearly soup is on the menu in the next couple weeks. I think three does is too much for us right now while we are still trying to figure this whole thing out. Need smaller cages for our boys, and maybe get rid of the one with only one testicle, and let the one with the torn testicle heal before we try again, and butcher Pearl in the meantime! Whew! Sorry if you are queasy, but this is real life on a farm, it’s definitely not all fuzzy angelic rainbows. :)
The drama continues…
Awwwhhh, sorry to hear about all the drama! This is real farm life, though! Good luck next time!
Thanks Corina, I’m really hoping the breeding goes better next time. You learn as you go! :) Who knows how they catch them in the wild?! I guess only the ones who want to get caught end up “breeding like rabbits!” :)
How interesting! We are ready to breed our 1 Doe & 1 Buck. Learning as we go. LOL on Pearl soup! Thanks for entering on my blog! I see you are friends with Corina:)
Thanks for stopping by here Melissa, your products look amazing! Good luck with breeding your bunnies! I think about half or more of the time they are excited about it but sometimes they aren’t and you just have to be right there and ready to intervene if need be :) Good luck!